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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 10, 2008 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: From the Northwest Corner

Dark Star Orchestra played 10.30.77 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland last night and absolutely nailed it. Check out the original Grateful Dead show here:

Set 1:
Minglewood Blues, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Me & My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, Passenger, Candyman, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Deal

Set 2:
Samson & Delilah, Peggy-O, Playin' In The Band-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Wharf Rat-> Playin' In The Band

E: Johnny B. Goode

For filler they jammed out Terrapin and finished up with a barn burning Around & Around. It was one of the drummers birthday so the band was in a festive mood.

Playing the GD show today. My 4 yr old daughter came in during Passenger. I told her this is the concert I went to last night. She asked, "Did they play Go Johnny Go?" Made me laugh & she called the encore!

The Crystal Ballroom is an old historic venue. The GD played two fantastic shows there 2.2.68 & 2.3.68. My buddy from Syracuse said it reminded him of the ornate venues back East. The unique characteristic of the Crystal Ballroom is the floor that ‘dances on air.’ I could try to describe it but I'll post what the McMenamin’s Brothers (owners of NW brew pubs & concert venues and fellow Deadheads) have on their site:

"While the action on the stage has always thrilled, one thing everyone remembers about the Crystal is its astounding "floating" dance floor. "Like dancing on clouds," is how people describe cutting a rug here. At the time of its construction, the Crystal's mechanical dance floor (now fully restored to proper working order) was said to be unique on the Pacific Coast. Today, it may be the only one left in the United States. You will also appreciate our gorgeous decor: flamboyant wall sconces and light fixtures, grand paintings and gigantic windows everywhere. People who come to the Crystal seem to be inspired by an energy emanating from the site itself, a phenomenon social scientists call "the power of place."

Another thing I learned last night is confectioners are now flavoring their chocolate truffles with mushrooms. Did I mention the light show was entertaining?

During the Terrapin I was reflecting back to a show on public radio called Philosophy Talk. They analyzed philosophy in pop culture: Monty Python, Simpsons, The Matrix, Star Trek & The Grateful Dead. For the GD section an author had analyzed Terrapin Station (Lady with a Fan). It’s approximately 5 minutes and starts at the 5min 43 second mark. Click 'Listen Online' at the following link:
And that there was the extent of my evening. Enjoy the GD 10.30.77 show. I usually pull out other shows from that year, but this one gets an honorable mention.. Highlights are: Lazy Lightning>Supplication>Deal, a heart felt Peggy-O, Playin’>Wheel>Wharf>Playin’.


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Poster: daliguana Date: Oct 10, 2008 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Northwest Corner

Yeah, I know what you mean regarding the dancefloor. Apparently, back in the day (and I mean 20's and 30's), they used to put the dancefloor on springs. I attended a show in the late 80s (miami sound machine)at Arnold's Park in Iowa's lake Okoboji (we had a lake house there through the 80s and 90s). Anyways, the floor was literally bouncing up and down, man - you felt like you were flying!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 10, 2008 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From the Northwest Corner

I saw a Southern Culture on the Skids' show at the Crystal - I love that room and the bounce you get. Didn't you post before about some Deadheads owning the building and the bar/restaurant below? Very cool spot.